From left to right, as labeled in the original image, the "healthy" man has a 33 inch (84 cm) waist, the "overweight" man a 45 inch (114 cm) waist, and the "obese" man a 60 inch (152cm) waist/ Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2000. Infographic: FDA/Renée Gordon

This guide is designed to help you research information about obesity. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Obesity
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery or Laparoscopic Gastric Banding
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Obesity and [Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Heart Disease, Depression]
  • Fat
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Metabolic Disorder

New Books

Saguy, Abigail C. What's Wrong with Fat? New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: RA645.O23 S24 2013
Paarlberg, Robert. Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HD1415 .P12 2013
Moss, Michael. Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the food giants hooked us. New York: Random House, 2013. Print.
Call Number: RA784 .M638 2013

Circulating Books

Finkelstein, Eric A. and Lauri Zuckerman. The Fattening of America: How the Economy Makes us Fat, If it Matters, and What to do About it. Hoboken: Wiley, 2008. Print.
Call Number: RA645 .O23 F56 2008

Schroeder, Charles Roy. Fat is Not a Four-Letter Word. Minneapolis: Chronimed Pub., 1992. Print.
Call Number: QP752 .F3 S36 1992

Berg, Frances M. Underage & Overweight: America's Childhood Obesity Crisis- What Every Family Needs to Know. New York: Hatherleigh Press, 2004. Print.
Call Number: RJ399 .C6 B47 2004

Wood, Philip A. How Fat Works. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2006. Print.
Call Number: QP751 .W66 2006

Harrington, Linda, ed. Obesity in Critically Ill Patients. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2009. Print.
Call Number: RT120 .I5 C742 2001 v.21 n.3

Albritton, Robert. Let Them Eat Junk: How Capitalism Creates Hunger and Obesity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. Print.
Call Number: HD9000.5 .A39 2009

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

By:Dr. Mabel Blades

Globesity: A Planet Out of Control?

Fat Politics: The Real Story Behind America's Obesity Epidemic
By: J. Eric Oliver

Health and Treatment Strategies in Obesity
Edited by: Varsha Vaidya

The Overweight Patient: A Psychological Approach to Understanding and Working with Obesity
By: Kathy Leach


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about obesity:
  • Healthnews
  • Nutrition Today
  • Heart & Lung
  • Time


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 19000 full text, peer reviewed articles on obesity.

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is an excellent source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources including nearly 14,000 articles that contain the keyword "obesity."

Health Reference Center

In the Health Reference Center you can find over 13000 full text, peer reviewed articles on obesity from academic journals.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

Health Source: Consumer Edition features searchable full text for nearly 160 journals including the British Medical Journal and the Lancet, as well as abstracts and indexing for over 170 general health, nutrition and professional health care publications. A search for full-text, peer reviewed articles on obesity in this database yields over 150 articles.

Issues and Controversies

Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today. Updated weekly, with links to a 12-year back-file, this database offers in depth articles. Obesity can be found in the "Issues: Pro and Con" index on the bottom left of the homepage.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Obesity: Pain and Prejudice [40 mins.]
The problem of obesity is discussed against the backdrop of the recent trial of a San Francisco mother convicted of child abuse after her seriously overweight daughter died as a result of obesity.

Childhood Obesity: Reversing the Trend [29 mins.]
This program from The Doctor Is In presents two hospital-based programs that are helping children lose weight and keep the pounds off by setting realistic goals based on good health, not appearance.

Food and Obesity: What We Eat [46 mins.]
This program explores a glaring paradox in North America's food-obsessed culture--that our knowledge of nutrition has never been better, while our collective health has never been worse.

Morbid Obesity: A Probable Cure? [48 mins.]
This clinical program follows three morbidly obese individuals as they each seek an answer in the form of gastric bypass surgery.

Fat: What No One is Telling You [90 mins.]
In this program information about hunger and eating, human metabolism, and psychological responses to food is balanced by stories about the biological barriers, cultural habits, and economic realities that undermine efforts to slim down.

Web sites

There are many good web sites on the internet that discuss obesity. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

Obesity Society
The Obesity Society is the leading scientific society dedicated to the study of obesity. Since 1982, The Obesity Society has been committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity, and to keeping the medical community and public informed of new advances.

Overweight and Obesity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) presents information on obesity.

Emedicine Obesity
EMedicineHealth.com is a consumer health information site that contains over 900 health and medical articles written by physicians for patients and consumers. This link will take you to their articles on obesity.

Obesity in America
This website, created by the Endocrine Society and the Hormone Foundation, has articles, news and statistics on the topic of obesity.

International Association for the Study of Obesity
The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) is a not-for-profit organisation that links over 50 regional and national associations. It is an umbrella organisation for 52 national obesity associations, representing 56 countries. This website contains links to current news on obesity, and articles on the health impacts of obesity.

Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults
The National Center for Biotechnology Information has put the full text of this evidence report online. It covers the incidence, diagnosis, monitoring, prevention and treatment of overweight and obese adults, and it is also available in PDF format.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style
The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 3-24-2011 by Becky Ferris. Updated on 4-12-14 by Joy Singletary.